With Nonrigid Frame Or Border Elements Patents (Class 160/354)
  • Patent number: 10800241
    Abstract: A protective cover includes a sleeve which overlies the entirety of the inside and outside of a vehicle window and has a peripheral seal which seals against the frame for the window which is integral with the vehicle body. A sock-like sleeve encloses the vehicle side mirror and a large protective portion overlies the painted door structure below the window. Fore and aft straps have fasteners on their ends which allow fastening to fastener halves mounted inside the front and rear wheel wells of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Inventor: Noel Comeaux
  • Patent number: 10651786
    Abstract: Panels equipped with magnetically-controlled connectors that are movable between an open position and a closed position. When the connectors are in the open position, the panels can be moved relative to the support frame. In the closed position, the connectors engage with the support frame to secure the panel to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: David Lynn
  • Patent number: 10619319
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a flood vent includes a frame forming a fluid passageway through an opening in a structure. The flood vent further includes a door pivotally mounted to the frame in the fluid passageway for allowing a fluid to flow through the fluid passageway. The door has two opposing faces that include a first face and a second face. The flood vent further includes a first float positioned within the door in a location in-between the first face and a second float. Additionally, the first float is configured to allow the door to pivot in a first direction. The flood vent further includes the second float positioned within the door in a location in-between the second face and the first float. Furthermore, the second float is configured to allow the door to pivot in a second direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: SMART VENT PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Winfield Scott Anderson, Jr., Tom Little, James Rycek, Michael J. Graham
  • Patent number: 10589615
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for reducing NVH resultant from collisions between internal components of a hydraulic engine mount. In one example, a hydraulic engine mount may include a de-coupler with a number cavities encased therein and extending along a common circumference of the de-coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Jim Chern, Mary Theresa Breida, Thomas Mathai, Margaret Brouwer
  • Patent number: 10480210
    Abstract: A screen panel intended to be mounted on or fixed to a surface, in particular to ensure a “screen” effect, includes a sheet, preferably rectangular, that is held by its edges in a rigid frame, preferably metallic, that includes joined-together profiled elements. The frame includes two uprights that are able to be placed on or fixed to a surface, having at least one groove on the inside, the uprights being joined to cross members by assembly parts in the form of an angle bracket that is inserted in each case into a groove in a corresponding upright by way of one bearing surface and into a groove in a corresponding cross member by its other, preferably orthogonal bearing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: INTERMAS NETS SA
    Inventor: François Mouchet
  • Patent number: 10335752
    Abstract: A pouring shield for a stand mixer includes an upper collar for mounting to a mixer head of the stand mixer in a friction-fit manner without the need for clamps or other mounting accessories. The stand mixer is configured to receive a mixing bowl with an open top, and the pouring shield is configured to cover the open top of the mixing bowl at an upper rim of the mixing bowl using a seal member which is disposed around an outer perimeter of the pouring shield. The seal member is a flexibly resilient member configured to close the open top of the mixing bowl when the stand mixer is in a closed position, and includes a wide surface for accommodating mixing bowls of various sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventors: Eric A. Lutz, Joel G. Van Faasen, Arren J. McCormick
  • Patent number: 10066389
    Abstract: A joining element for connecting together two or more panels is disclosed. The joining element includes at least one strip section; wherein the strip section forms a first part and a second part; wherein the first part and the second part are connected together along a hinge line or area. In addition, the second part includes a connection member designed to engage with a complementary connection member. In one embodiment the connection members comprise a button and an eyelet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Caimi Brevetti S.p.A.
    Inventor: Renato Caimi
  • Patent number: 9963923
    Abstract: A door leaf for a vehicle, in particular a rail vehicle, wherein the door leaf has a door leaf frame, a first skin mounted on a first main surface of the door leaf frame, and a second skin mounted on a second main surface opposite the first main surface. The door leaf has a heat path from the first skin to the second skin through at least two different materials, wherein the at least two different materials have a different thermal conductivity, wherein a first material of the at least two different materials has a poorer thermal conductivity than metal, in particular a poorer thermal conductivity than aluminum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: KNORR-BREMSE GESELLSCHAFT MIT BESCHRÄNKTER HAFTUNG
    Inventors: Peter Jetzinger, Thomas Witzelnig, Gerald Hölzl
  • Patent number: 9868528
    Abstract: A divider element for an aircraft cabin is disclosed including a frame member forming a closed ring wherein the frame member may assume an expanded state and a collapsed state, wherein in the expanded state the frame member extends in a plane and defines a first area which is surrounded by the frame member and wherein in the collapsed state the frame member defines a second area which is surrounded by the frame member, the second area being smaller than the first area, and a flexible sheet member which is fixed to the frame member and dimensioned such that when the frame member is in the expanded state, it extends over the area defined by the frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Tobias Mayer
  • Patent number: 9803384
    Abstract: A system for substantially enclosing the periphery of a building top with a netting system which is easily and efficiently movable or reconfigurable during the building construction process comprises a lightweight netting system for extending above a completed work area or floor, a strong lightweight structural support system for the netting, wherein the structural support system is vertically adjustable via slidable engagement with brackets attached to the floors which are already completed, provides enhanced safety for workers and for pedestrians below by preventing passage of workers or debris through the netting and enhances efficiency of construction by providing an easily reconfigurable, inexpensive and lightweight system for providing such enhanced safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Lawrence Blinn
  • Patent number: 9528281
    Abstract: A molding system for use in interior spaces at or near the top of a vertical wall having a decorative surface and a vertical mounting surface including an attachment flange used for fastening the molding section to the wall, said molding section having a center of mass which is spaced outwardly from the wall surface, and whereby the point of attachment of said molding to the wall is located at a vertically higher position on the molding section than the center of mass so that when secured to a wall the lower end of the molding section is continually urged towards the wall surface and is therefore maintained in continual contact with the wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventors: Jeremy P. Hoffman, Robert MacMillan
  • Patent number: 9499030
    Abstract: A vehicle sunshade apparatus includes an anchor element and a sunshade. The anchor element includes a body, a magnet located in the body and a ladder portion formed on the surface of the body. The ladder portion includes a first platform and a confining wall adjacent to the first platform. The sunshade includes a sunshade screen and a frame surrounding the sunshade screen that can be magnetized. When the sunshade is coupled on the ladder portion, the frame leans on the confining wall and the first platform and is attracted by the magnet. The first platform corresponds to the junction of the sunshade screen and the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: CREATIVE & COOPERATIVE INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Jing-Shyong Gong
  • Patent number: 9347259
    Abstract: A portable arrangement is provided for ensuring privacy during use of a public toilet. The arrangement includes a screen in the form of a generally rectangular or square piece of sheet material with an embedded suction cup or other attachment means at each corner. Secured to the screen is a smaller pouch into which the screen can be folded for transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventor: Anissa Ferguson
  • Patent number: 8689852
    Abstract: The present invention describes a window covering which is useful for securing to objects having windows without using permanent attachment devices. The window covering preferably contains a plurality of magnets arranged along the upper end and along the lower end. The magnets are arranged so that they are coupleable or securable to a metal part of a window itself or a metal surface which houses the window as well as one or more additional magnets positioned within the window covering.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Lite-Away!, LLC
    Inventors: James Roth, Mary E. Roth
  • Patent number: 8616262
    Abstract: The invention relates to an adjustable fastening plate (1) intended for a fake wall made of a flexible sheet (2) provided, along each of the edges thereof, with at least one loop (3) and a cable (4) placed inside said loops (3), said cables (4) being attached, by means of the slant of said plate (1), to the walls and/or the ceiling of an indoor space for keeping said sheet (2) in position. The invention is remarkable in that it includes a base plate (5) attached to the indoor space, a first arm (6) and a second arm (7) hinged to said base plate (5), first and second slides (8, 9) that each receive a cable (4) and which are slidable along said first and second arms (6, 7) so as to enable the tensioning of said cable (4), and an adjusting means (10) for adjusting the angular distance between the first and second arms (6, 7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Normalu
    Inventors: Yves Meyer, Guillaume Weit Haller
  • Publication number: 20130168033
    Abstract: A railcar safety system utilizes a flexible net system removably secured across an open end of the railcar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventors: Otis D. Dier, Thomas S. Broderick
  • Publication number: 20130139979
    Abstract: A collapsible sunshade according to the present invention has a panel comprising a foldable frame member having a folded and an unfolded orientation, the frame member defining a periphery for the panel with an interior space inside of the peiphery, a meshed material covering the interior space defined by the frame member to form the panel when the frame member is in the unfolded orientation, and a shade fabric having at least a portion thereof removably attached to the panel so that the shade fabric can assume a first position in which the shade fabric completely overlies, in a planar manner, the meshed material, and a second position where the portion of the shade fabric that is removably attached to the panel is disengaged from the panel to expose a portion of the meshed material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: PATENT CATEGORY CORP.
    Inventor: PATENT CATEGORY CORP.
  • Patent number: 8365804
    Abstract: An inflatable separation device and method of using the device to form a gas-impermeable barrier in a structural location such as a hallway. The device also provides a safe, effective passage across the barrier to form a concealed region for decontamination protocols. The inflatable separation device includes an inflatable support frame and a cover that envelops the support frame and forms an enclosed interior space when the support frame is inflated. An inflatable perimeter sealing bladder is disposed about the cover and adapted to form a seal between the cover and exterior surfaces of a structural space when the support frame and the sealing bladder are inflated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: James A. Genovese, Patrick M. Nolan, Win Van Basten, Charles Ruppert
  • Patent number: 8196326
    Abstract: A multi-frame groove-mount wall system comprises a multiplicity of closed frame sections and a panel element. Each closed frame section has a frame opening and a plurality of interconnected frame members, each with a groove segment. The closed frame sections can be releasably coupled to form a multi-frame structure having an outer perimeter. The panel element has a flexible substrate portion, a periphery and a multiplicity of edge gasket segments disposed about the periphery. The panel element can be removably and tensionally affixed to the multi-frame structure such that the substrate portion is simultaneously disposed across the frame opening of each closed frame section by interengagement between a plurality of the edge gasket segments and a plurality of the groove segments that are proximate the outer perimeter, and none of the edge gasket segments are shared between a groove segment of one closed frame sections and a groove segment of another closed frame section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Moss, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert M. Frey
  • Patent number: 8042292
    Abstract: A cable tensioning system for mounting a vinyl sheet to a billboard frame, comprising a cable secured on a frame at one end and secured to a spring-loaded cable tensioning device at the other end. A plurality of cable guides are mounted at intervals around the frame, each of the cable guides having a channel adapted to receive the cable. Portions of the edges of a sheet are secured within a plurality of locking clips around the perimeter, each clip also having a channel to receive the cable. The sheet with the clips affixed is secured to the frame whereby cable travels through the channels in the locking clips and is guided around the perimeter of the frame by the channel guides and secured to the spring-loaded cable tensioning device. The spring-loaded cable tensioning device is deployed to tighten the cable around the frame and secure the sheet to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Formetco, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Gibb, Christopher Jonathan Adams
  • Patent number: 7946333
    Abstract: The invention is a detachable insect screen system that uses a zipper as the attaching means of the detachable panel. The insect screen system also incorporates a permanent panel that encompasses the detachable panel. The permanent panel connects to the surrounding structure and has an opening with the corresponding teeth for the zipper assembly. An alternative embodiment may use a plurality of snap buttons, hook and grommets, or hook and loop fastening means, as opposed to a zipper in order to make ingress and egress of the insect screen assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventor: Andres Zapata
  • Publication number: 20090301669
    Abstract: A foldable netted door of which the netted door made of soft gauze has one or a plurality of elastic frames disposed in alignment with each other. Corresponding connecting components are disposed a perpendicular edge of the netted door and the corresponding edge of the doorframe on which the netted door is mounted. Therefore, the netted door is detachably connected to the doorframe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2006
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Applicant: POTTER INDUSTRIES LIMITED
    Inventor: Manchiu Li
  • Publication number: 20090283222
    Abstract: A window shade includes an upper track, a lower track, a shade assembly, a lift cord means and a bead chain means. The lift cord means includes two boxes located in the upper track at two sides thereof and a flattened cord winding on the periphery of a jutting ring located in each box. By coupling a transmission axle with a transmission means located at one side of the bead chain means a concurrent transmission can be formed. Thereby the bead chain can aid retraction of the shade assembly through the transmission means to reduce transmission load of the bead chain means. The bead chain means of a suitable loading capability can be selected according to the weight of the shade assembly to reduce the load of the transmission means to facilitate extension of the shade assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Publication date: November 19, 2009
    Inventor: Chih-Yung Wang
  • Publication number: 20090242148
    Abstract: Collapsible structures are provided that have one or more support frames, each having a foldable frame member that has a folded and an unfolded orientation, with the frame member defining a periphery for the support frame. Where more than one support frame is provided, the support frames can be hingedly coupled to each other. The frame member(s) can be used, for example, to support panel pieces, objects and coverings, among others. In some embodiments, one or more objects can be coupled to and supported by the support frame(s). In other embodiments, a covering may be placed over the support frame(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2008
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventor: Yu Zheng
  • Publication number: 20090032204
    Abstract: The present invention provides a flange that can be used independently or in combination with an environmental containment unit for isolating a large area of a building and to a method of using the same. The corridor flange is installed in a corridor of the building to isolate one side of the building on one side of the flange from another side of the building on the other side of the flange.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2008
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventors: Kevin J. Mintie, Jose Guadalupe Munoz
  • Patent number: 7472943
    Abstract: A pane arrangement for closing an opening in the outer shell of the motor vehicle, has a closed position tightly closing the opening, and an open position partially clearing the opening. A flexible pane is connected without hinges to the vehicle to seal the opening. At least a first partial region of the pane is permanently connected to the outer shell of the vehicle, and at least a second partial region of the pane can be bent out of the closed position by deformation of the pane. Similarly, a body element of a motor vehicle with contains a flexible plate which is connected to the vehicle without hinges, at least a first partial region of the plate being permanently connected to the outer vehicle shell, and at least a second partial region of the plate being able to be bent away from the outer vehicle shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: Webasto AG
    Inventor: Peter Oberhaus
  • Patent number: 7398612
    Abstract: Collapsible structures are provided that have one or more support frames, each having a foldable frame member that has a folded and an unfolded orientation, with the frame member defining a periphery for the support frame. Where more than one support frame is provided, the support frames can be hingedly coupled to each other. The frame member(s) can be used, for example, to support panel pieces, objects and coverings, among others. In some embodiments, one or more objects can be coupled to and supported by the support frame(s). In other embodiments, a covering may be placed over the support frame(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Assignee: Patent Category Corp.
    Inventor: Yu Zheng
  • Patent number: 7397603
    Abstract: Embodiments of apparatuses, methods and systems for deployable projection screens are generally described herein. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Infocus Corporation
    Inventors: Mark D. Peterson, William L. Emery, Jason Kuhn
  • Patent number: 6869127
    Abstract: A temporary replacement allows a sheet of material to be affixed in place of the glass portion of a vehicle door window. The sheet of material may also be held in place using magnetic strips, that effectively fasten the material to the metal portion of the vehicle door. The material used may be transparent, translucent, or a mesh design, that allows the free flow of air. The temporary replacement window may have a single sheet configuration, or have a bag like configuration. The single sheet configuration is placed on the outer or external side of the vehicle window, with the sheet wrapping around the window frame. An elastic strap, defined around the sheet's peripheral edge restricts the diameter of its opening to a measurement less than the window frame. A bottom elastic strip may be used to hold the bottom of the sheet against the bottom of the window frame. Another configuration uses a bag, having a mouth that is able to allow the insertion of the vehicle window frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Inventor: Bobby A. Dohle
  • Patent number: 6865850
    Abstract: Protective shrouds for temporarily protecting window assemblies, bathroom fixtures, and diverse prefabricated modules used in construction. The shrouds are fabricated from translucent plastic sheet material of polypropylene or polyethylene. A lower open port is selectively blocked by a foldable ventilation panel held in a deployed state by magnets. Rear mounted adhesive strips affix the shroud to the window. Top and side strips are bifurcated to enable rapid adjustments in height and length. When the tear away strips are removed, the exposed adhesive surface is pressed upon the target structure. Slight dimensional adjustments are made by pinching the sheet together, forming creases aligned with strip bifurcations, to gather material and shorten the shroud length or width. During subsequent dry-walling, shroud edges are captivated by wall board segments. Afterwards, the exposed junction between covered shroud and adjacent sheet rock portions is cut, and the shroud is torn away and discarded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Inventor: Phillip R. Campbell
  • Patent number: 6863112
    Abstract: An interior storm or insulating window, kit for making, and system for utilizing, which window is adjustable in length and width so as to fit different sized window frames, and includes rails around the perimeter with a groove for attaching a retainer strip, the rail further including an engaging cavity to joining to other components, corner brackets for joining rails, a flexible plastic film and a retainer for retaining the flexible plastic film within the groove and for retaining the window within a window frame by use of a flexible spline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Inventors: Roger Ayers, Marguerite McCarthy-Ayers
  • Patent number: 6658801
    Abstract: A portable fire curtain system to provide a cloak to cover a vented opening. When deployed it will alleviate the incoming wind, which is fueling the fire. The fire curtain is made of one sheet of a fire resistant or fire proof material that is folded and sewn together. Encapsulated within the fire curtain are 6 bars of high-tempered aluminum running laterally. Each corner of the fire curtain has holes that are drilled through the top and bottom bars. Four 5 foot cable leaders with loops, (one to each corner) will be secured to these holes. Two 40 foot ropes with snaps on all ends will be connected to these cable leaders to be used in the deployment. The ropes are packed in two rope deployment bags in order to prevent the ropes from tangling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Inventors: Patrick Kilduff, Thomas Oswald
  • Publication number: 20020179259
    Abstract: A filler for an opening through a structure. The filler includes a panel, a base frame of a closed cell foam that is flexible and has a memory characteristic. The base frame carries the panel. A flexible cover overlies portions of the central panel whereby the base frame and cover capture the panel therebetween.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventor: Ronald S. Ober
  • Patent number: 6484789
    Abstract: A filler for an opening through a structure. The filler includes a panel, a base frame of a closed cell foam that is flexible and has a memory characteristic. The base frame carries the panel. A flexible cover overlies portions of the central panel whereby the base frame and cover capture the panel therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2002
    Inventor: Ronald S. Ober
  • Publication number: 20020088564
    Abstract: Collapsible structures are provided that have one or more support frames, each having a foldable frame member that has a folded and an unfolded orientation, with the frame member defining a periphery for the support frame. Where more than one support frame is provided, the support frames can be hingedly coupled to each other. The frame member(s) can be used, for example, to support panel pieces, objects and coverings, among others. In some embodiments, one or more objects can be coupled to and supported by the support frame(s). In other embodiments, a covering may be placed over the support frame(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2002
    Publication date: July 11, 2002
    Inventor: Yu Zheng
  • Patent number: 6367536
    Abstract: A vehicle window screen for a window opening of a vehicle in the form of a curtain having a shape generally conforming to the window opening of the vehicle is disclosed. The curtain having an upper portion, a central portion and a lower portion with elastomeric members disposed thereon the portions. The upper portion removably attachable on a top portion of a door of the vehicle above the window opening of the vehicle, the central portion removably attachable on a side edge of the door of the vehicle and the lower portion removably attachable on the door of the vehicle below the window opening of the vehicle and a means for removably fastening the lower portion of the curtain to the side edge of the door of the vehicle including a clip and a mechanical stop member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Inventor: Shirley St Louis
  • Patent number: 6357510
    Abstract: Collapsible structures are provided that have one or more support frames, each having a foldable frame member that has a folded and an unfolded orientation, with the frame member defining a periphery for the support frame. Where more than one support frame is provided, the support frames can be hingedly coupled to each other. The frame member(s) can be used, for example, to support panel pieces, objects and coverings, among others. In some embodiments, one or more objects can be coupled to and supported by the support frame(s). In other embodiments, a covering may be placed over the support frame(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Patent Category Corp.
    Inventor: Yu Zheng
  • Patent number: 6314687
    Abstract: A wall panel including a rectangular frame, a pair of wall members and a thin decorative sheet covering the wall members. The frame includes two spaced apart, generally parallel vertical frame members and spaced apart, generally parallel horizontal lower and upper frame members. The horizontal frame members are connected to the vertical frame members at opposite ends thereof to form the rectangular frame. Each of the frame members includes a core member and a pair of sidewall members attached to opposite sides of the core member. The wall members are attached to the sidewalls on opposing sides of the frame members. A decorative sheet covers the outer surface of each wall member. A method for manufacturing the frame members includes providing a fixture with spaced apart first, second and third surfaces. A hanger bracket is mounted to the vertical frame core member and is positioned in the fixture such that the hanger bracket engages the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2001
    Inventors: Gerald Schondelmayer, Richard Weise
  • Patent number: 6257307
    Abstract: A magnetic customized garage door screen includes a screen surrounded by a border. The border includes magnetic strips that are designed to interface with metal strips located on a garage door. The magnetic strips can be secured to the border using adhesives and the metal strips can be secured to the door frame using double-sided tape. The door screen can also include a zipper or handles along a side thereof to allow entry into or exit from the garage. At least the border and metal strips are color matched to the color of the door frame so that the metal strips are inconspicuous when exposed and the border blends in with the door frame color when installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Inventor: Karl D. Tollivar
  • Patent number: 6119760
    Abstract: A vehicle drape for retaining heated air and cooled air inside a front seat area of a vehicle. The drape is adapted for releasable attachment to a pair of vehicle ceiling hanger hooks disposed on opposite sides of a ceiling of the vehicle and behind the front seats of the vehicle. Also, the drape is adaptable for adjusting to different sizes and shapes of vehicle interiors and designed for redirecting air flow back into a front seat area. The drape includes a transparent thin sheet of plastic vinyl. The sides of the thin sheet include gripping scalloped edges for gripping the sides, ceiling and floor of the vehicle. A horizontal nylon suspension strap is attached to a length of an upper portion of the thin sheet. The horizontal suspension strap includes an adjustable first end and an adjustable second end. The first end and the second end include a moveable hook fastener strap arm and a loop fastener strap arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Inventor: David Poole
  • Patent number: 6086128
    Abstract: A passenger compartment divider for a motor vehicle comprising a substantially flexible barrier. A flexible frame extends about perimeter of the barrier. An air-filled support cushion surrounds the flexible frame. A facility is for inflating the support cushion. When the barrier with the flexible frame is positioned vertically behind front seats of the passenger compartment in the motor vehicle and the support cushion is filled by the inflating facility, a seal is produced to make a secure fit between the rear portion and front portion of the passenger compartment, to allow the front seat area to heat or cool in less than half of the normal time required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Inventor: Michael T. Whitehead, Sr.
  • Patent number: 6079473
    Abstract: The removable screen for covering a building opening includes elongated channels configured for attachment to building structure defining a large building opening; and a screen member configured for releasable attachment to the elongated channels. The screen member includes a screen panel permitting light and air to pass there through but preventing insects from passing therethrough, and border strips attached to three sides of the perimeter of the screen panel. The border strip is configured to slidably engage the elongated channels to retain the screen member over the garage door opening. An elastic strip is attached along at least one side of the perimeter, and a zipper attached between the border strip and the zipper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Inventors: Wade A. Ackerson, II, Daniel J. Davis, II
  • Patent number: 6073675
    Abstract: A window screen attachment apparatus and method for attaching a screen to a window frame. The apparatus includes a mesh screen with a rigid frame, a number of ferromagnetic cups and mating permanent magnets, and a gasket. Each cup is permanently attached to the screen frame at the surface or in a recess, and includes a depression with a flat floor and a perpendicular wall. The magnet is shaped to fit relatively snuggly into the depression. The cup is either a single piece of ferromagnetic material, separate floor and wall components, or a single floor component and a wall that is the sides of a recess in the screen frame. The magnets are attached to the window frame by an adhesive that is initially protected by a release layer. The gasket is a set of compressible strips that provides a barrier items passing through the gap between the window and screen frames. The window screen is attached by placing the magnets in the cups, removing the release layer, and pressing the adhesive against the window frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Inventor: Thomas F. Dannaher
  • Patent number: 6007899
    Abstract: A transparent or opaque sheet is affixed onto the inner surface of a side door window glass of a vehicle for coloration, light blockage, decoration and the like. In the sheet-affixed window glass, the sheet is directly but detachably affixed onto the inner surface of the window glass via a front holder and a back holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideo Yoshizawa, Yasuo Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 5984405
    Abstract: A new vehicle screen for attaching to the exterior roof of a vehicle to cover an open roof opening. The inventive device includes a generally rectangular flexible mesh screen having a plurality of spaces therethrough. A flexible border member is extended around the outer periphery of the mesh screen. The lower surface of the border member is designed for detachably mounting on the exterior roof of a vehicle around the periphery of a roof opening through the roof of the vehicle. Provided on the lower surface is a magnetic strip which is designed for magnetically mounting the lower surface of the border member to the exterior roof of a vehicle. Provided on the upper surface of the border member is an elongate attachment strip. The attachment strip is designed for attaching to a wind shield device upwardly extending from the exterior roof of a vehicle adjacent the roof opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1999
    Inventor: Michael G. Ciacci
  • Patent number: 5937596
    Abstract: A weather barrier kit is provided comprising double-faced tape used to bond a film to a window frame and a folded and rolled sheet of film having a stiffening band and strip of adhesive across the top. The provision of a stiffening band with adhesive thereon across the top of the film allows one to apply the film squarely, without stretching and without the need of measuring beforehand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: Manco, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Leeuwenburgh, Randy T. Lear
  • Patent number: 5894878
    Abstract: A covered casing assembly includes a fabric member made of an elastic material, such as a Spandex containing material, that is stretched over a casing and having at least one opening surrounding an accessible feature of the casing. The fabric member may be in the form of a tube having two openings, one at each end of the openings at each. end of the tube. An aperture adjustment feature is provided for sizing and shaping an aperture in the fabric member. Such a feature may be tabs formed by slits extending into the fabric member from around a periphery of the opening and the tabs are bent under the fabric member between the fabric member and the casing. Another more particular embodiment of the invention includes symbols or a design printed on an outside of the tube.The present invention also includes a method for covering the computer monitor by stretching the tube over the casing and adjusting the opening to surround the screen using the features of the claimed assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Inventors: Spencer T. Morgan, James A. Kinne
  • Patent number: 5879048
    Abstract: A safety restraining net for a car window. The restraining net comprises a net frame, mesh webbing, and one or more attachment devices for attaching the restraining net to the vehicle door. At least one of the attachment devices may be configured for fastening below a hinge of the car door, a latch of the car door, and/or the bottom of the car door. Once installed, a net according the invention allows doors and/or windows to open and close normally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1999
    Assignee: Creative Products & Trade, Inc.
    Inventor: Guy N. Tower
  • Patent number: 5713624
    Abstract: A safety restraining net for a car window. The restraining net comprises a net frame, mesh webbing, and one or more attachment devices for attaching the restraining net to the vehicle door. At least one of the attachment devices may be configured for fastening below a hinge of the car door, a latch of the car door, and/or the bottom of the car door. Once installed, a net according the invention allows doors and/or windows to open and close normally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Assignee: Creative Products & Trade, Inc.
    Inventor: Guy N. Tower
  • Patent number: 5620040
    Abstract: A foldable cargo cover comprising a pliable sheet having a plurality of elongate stiffener members attached thereto at selected locations thereon. The stiffener members are of sufficient rigidity to maintain the sheet in a substantially planar configuration when fully unfolded, and bendable for allowing the sheet to be folded into a compact configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1997
    Assignee: Performance Marketing, Inc.
    Inventor: James A. Swanner